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not backing down. despite an implied threat from the egyptian government, anti-government protesters say they won't give up. capital showdown. republicans take a tough stand on federal financing for abortion. and lindsay's larceny. the starlet expected to be arraigned today on new charges the starlet expected to be arraigned today on new charges that could land her behind bars. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thank you for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. the message from the egyptian government is clear. those anti-government protests must end, and soon. it was the sternest warning yet from hosni mubarak's administration. tuesday, protesters staged one of the biggest demonstrations so
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far. and for the first time, they marched to parliament. cbs' elizabeth palmer is in cairo. elizabeth, what's the latest there? >> reporter: well, it's extraordinary news. something that no one would have believed when this whole thing began back in january. but we have just entered the third straight week. a core group of anti-mubarak demonstrators once again camped out in tahrir square overnight. and as the scene of this protest wears on, they'll be joined by crowds, as they are every day, anxious to be part of history. on tuesday protesters filled the square in what looked like the biggest demonstration yet. some of the new energy has come from the release of google executive wael ghonim, arrested and held in custody for ten days for his online activists. he addressed the crowd on tuesday from a makeshift platform in the square, saying, today is the time for all of us, egypt, above all. over in the tent city, in the
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protesters' campsite, one of ghonim's twitterers had a special resonance. dear egyptians, failure is not an option, he says. no one knows that better than these exhausted demonstrators. unless they win here, they face brutal revenge from an angry state. do you think if you gave up, the government would come after you, and you would all be in danger of being tortured or arrested? >> oh, yes. >> yes. >> reporter: definitely, they say, we cannot give up now. as big as this demonstration is, and it certainly appears to be the biggest yet, there's a growing sense that the mubarak regime is getting used to having demonstrators in the center of the city. to put pressure on the president to resign, the opposition is going to have to come up with new tactics. a group of demonstrators did surround egypt's parliament yesterday, right by the square. but it was temporary. the tens, even hundreds of thousands of people who want hosni mubarak to leave office have received only vague promises of reform from their government.
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the man in charge of that reform, vice president omar suleiman also said he didn't think egypt was ready for democracy. the white house called both comments unhelpful. and yesterday, vice president biden spoke with the egyptian vice president and told him that transition to reform should be immediate. betty? >> cbs' elizabeth palmer in cairo. elizabeth, thank you for that report. and an embarrassing slipup for republican leaders in the house. the house voted against a nine-month extension of the anti-terrorism patriot act. gop leaders called a special vote that required two-thirds passage, but 26 republicans voted against the measure. the bill would have extended roving wiretaps, secret surveillance for foreign suspects and access to business records. while the focus on capitol hill has been on the economy, a battle over abortion is brewing. today a house committee holds a hearing on legislation that would prohibit federal funding
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of abortions under the health care reform law. ines ferre is in washington with much more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, betty. there are two pieces of legislation on the table, and democrats say that they will fight against both of these. but the new republican leadership is taking a stance. the two republican proposals would expand existing restrictions. one would eliminate tax breaks for private insurance plans that cover abortions. the other would prohibit any federal funding. at a hearing tuesday, bound and gag demonstrators stood in protest. at republican frank's debate. >> this legislation is whether the role of america's government can continue to fund a practice that takes the lives of over 1 million little americans every year. even some of those who do not consider themselves pro-life strongly object to their taxpayers going to pay for abortion. >> reporter: senate democrats immediately went on the attack. calling the bills an unprecedented attack on women,
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and promised either piece of legislation is dead on arrival if it ever makes it to the senate. >> there is no doubt that these bills show a heinous disregard for the health and well-being of women in america. this is an egregious example of not only overstepping, but a misjudgment of what the american people want. >> reporter: meanwhile, planned parenthood, the leading u.s. provider of abortions, finds itself under fire after video emerged of some questionable practices. >> reporter: in the past week, anti-abortion group live action has released undercover video showing planned parenthood staffers all too eager to help reported teen sex workers get abortions and contraception. >> reporter: planned parenthood has fired one worker in the
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videos and said it will retrain its staff. it reported the incidents to attorney general eric holder and cbs news has learned the fbi is now investigating. and planned parenthood gets about $300 million a year in federal funding, and both the group that shot the videos, and house republicans, want that cut down to zero. betty? >> all right. ines ferre in washington for us. thank you. now to the winter that just won't stop. another storm is plowing through the plains and southeast. there are already whiteout conditions in texas and the panhandle area. and some five inches of snow in denver. rough weather reached all the way to kansas. this bitter cold blankets much of the country with temperatures up to 40 degrees below average. >> what is so unusual is, it just won't stop. every four or five days, here comes another one. >> today, snow is expected from oklahoma to kentucky, as the storm system heads east. auto giant toyota says a u.s. government report on its
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accelerator problems should put to rest, quote unstoppable speculation. a report issued by the transportation department tuesday found electronic problems were not to blame for reports of unintended acceleration. sandra hughes reports. >> reporter: for ten months, nasa engineers pored over hundreds of thousands of software codes in nine toyota models, looking for signs of unintended acceleration. they even bombarded the vehicles with electromagnetic radiation. still -- >> toyota's problems were mechanical. not electrical. >> reporter: since the fall of 2009, toyota has recalled 8 million vehicles in the u.s., to fix faulty accelerator pedals or floor mats that caught hold of the gas pedal. the problems have been potentially linked to 93 deaths, including members of a san diego family who called 911 when their toyota lexus wouldn't slow down. >> our accelerator is stuck. >> i'm sorry? >> our accelerator is stuck. we're on 125. >> reporter: a lawyer for the
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family's relatives says he's not surprised by the findings. >> our case, without question, was caused by the placement of an oversized, unsecure suv all-weather floor mat in our car. >> reporter: while this study found no electronic defect, a larger and more comprehensive study by the national academy of sciences is also under way. and it could shed more light on potential electronics problems. toyota responded to the findings, stating in part, we believe this rigorous scientific analysis by some of america's foremost engineers should further reinforce confidence in the safety of toyota and lexus vehicles. the government is now considering new safety features in all cars. including brake override systems and data recorders. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. just ahead on the "morning news," lindsay lohan expected to be charged today in a stolen necklace case. plus a cosmetic procedure gone wrong. a botched job leaves one woman dead. this is the "cbs morning news."
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just listen to that. in wisconsin, fans of the green bay packers celebrated the team's new title as super bowl champs. head coach mike mccarthy took the lombardi trophy for a victory lap around the stadium on tuesday. more than 56,000 fans paid $5 to fit in a final hour with their championship team. congratulations, again, to them. well, police in philadelphia are investigating the death of a young woman after a cosmetic injection to enlarge her buttocks went wrong. the 20-year-old woman from england died at a hospital early on tuesday. experts say silicone can be extremely toxic to the body. >> it travels around the body, and you can get sick very, very quickly. the soup, basically, that they're using to inject is industrial grade, not much better than what you would use to caulk your gutters in your
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house. >> goodness. well, police are looking for two people involved in the cosmetic procedure. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia dipped this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning, ashley. >> and good morning to you, betty. well, asian markets saw some profit taking after china's central bank hiked interest rates. japan's nikkei lost a fraction while hong kong's hang seng shed more than 1%. today wall street hears from fed chair ben bernanke when he testifies on capitol hill. on tuesday, stocks finished higher for the seventh straight session. the dow jumped another 71 points, while the nasdaq tacked on 13. more than a quarter of u.s. homes are under water. according to a new report from zillow.com, when the fourth quarter ended, 27% of single family homeowners with mortgages owed more than their home was worth. that was up from 23% a few months earlier. the report also estimates the total value of u.s. homes fell
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by more than $2 trillion last year. airfares are going up again. united and continental started the ball rolling tuesday, boosting first class fares up to $60 round trip. the cost of upgrading coach tickets also jumped. american and delta quickly matched the hikes and other carriers are expected to follow suit. non-verizon customers can buy the iphone starting today, but the big news in the apple world is the new ipad. "the wall street journal" reports the new device will be thinner and faster, and come with a front-facing camera for features like the video conferencing. it's expected to be available through both verizon and at&t, but no word yet on when it might hit store shelves. and if you're catholic and feel the sins piling up, you guessed it, there's an app for that. the new confession app for the iphone is designed to keep track of your transgressions in preparation for the confessional. catholic officials have actually
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given their blessing. salvation may be free, betty, but that app is going to cost you $1.99. and i'm not sure that i want to keep track of all my sins. >> i was going to say, that's incredible. because if you lose it, everyone is going to know what you have been up to. >> that's some fun reading, huh? >> no doubt. all right, ashley morrison live in new york. thank you, ashley. actress lindsay lohan is expected to be charged today with felony grand theft. lohan is accused of stealing a necklace from a california jewelry store last month. the necklace was returned, and lohan's attorney denies any wrongdoing. the judge in her 2007 drunk driving case has also threatened to throw her in jail if she gets into trouble again. >> she is on probation. unlike charlie sheen, who pled to a crime and is not on probation, lindsay lohan has the hammer of the law just waiting to come down upon her. >> did you steal the necklace -- >> if convicted of the necklace theft, lohan could face up to three years in prison. straight ahead your
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♪ everything pops with pringles. here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy, 29. miami, sunny, 75. chicago, partly cloudy, 11. dallas, snow and windy, 24. and l.a. a sunny 73. time now for a check of the
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national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clear skies for much of the nation for a change. meantime, the gulf coast is seeing rain. and later today, the arctic air is pushing further into the south, entering texas today, and the southeast tomorrow. behind the storm that has snow and rain packed in it. and windy conditions will subside in the northeast. in sports miami's superstars led a rally to beat indiana. dwyane wade of the east scored 17 points and lebron james had 41 points in the miami win. it is the seventh straight victory for the heat. in overtime, zack randolph of memphis had some key baskets and scored 31 points against oklahoma city. and the grizzlies pulled out an upset win 105-101 over the thunder. in college basketball, number six san diego state crushed utah. brian carlwell of the aztecs had some big jams and scored ten points in the victory. san diego state hasn't lost one
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game this season. when we return another look at the morning's top stories. and kicking the habit. president obama gives up cigarettes for good. sports sponsored by just for men, for mustache and beard. keep your edge. men, for mustache and beard. keep your edge.
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schools are closing.. and.. how the decision is pitting neighbor against neighbor. plus.. should cops be armed with tasers? after several high profile shootings.. san francisco police.. consider a major change in policy. the rumors are swirling.. what we could learn today about the release of the i-pad 2. and.. how not getting enough sleep could give you a heart attack. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4:30. ,,,,
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. sunshine, light winds, and cold temperatures will be around for the northeast. freezing temps will be on the move further in the texas region from the northern plains. and nice, sunny weather covers the west coast. here's another look at this morning's top stories. anti-government protesters in egypt say they will not back down on the demands that president hosni mubarak leave office immediately. but, the mubarak government warns the protests cannot go on forever.
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and prosecutors in los angeles say they will file felony grand theft charges against lindsay lohan. police say lohan was being investigated for allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. today first lady michelle obama marks the first anniversary of her "let's move" campaign. her signature campaign is aimed at ending childhood obesity through exercise and healthier eating. among its past accomplishments, making school lunches healthier, and getting walmart to cut salt and sugar in some of its products. today, mrs. obama will speak to children at a school in the atlanta area. meanwhile, the first lady also had some health news regarding president obama. and it's something everybody can agree on. kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: president barack obama has finally kicked the habit. that, according to his wife, michelle obama, who revealed that her husband has been smoke-free for almost a year. white house spokesman robert gibbs says the president was helped by the first lady, and
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aides who quit smoking around the same time. >> i think when somebody decides to quit smoking, to try to overcome the physical addiction that they have, they do it not just because they want to, but because others want them to. >> reporter: the president started smoking as a teenager, and struggled over the years to quit. in 2009, he admitted to having an occasional cigarette. >> have i fallen off the wagon sometimes? yes. am i a daily smoker, a constant smoker? no. i don't do it in front of my kids. i don't do it in front of my family. >> every year that you don't smoke your risk of lung cancer and copd, emphysema, decreases steadily. >> reporter: the white house hasn't said how the president quit, but he has been known to chew nicotine gum. the first lady says it has been a personal struggle for the president, and many smokers can understand. less than 3% successfully quit every year. kendis gibson, cbs news, los angeles.
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in illinois, truck drivers are required to clear the snow off of the top of their trailers, and some new video shows why. a snow explosion, look at that, as the snow on the back of the trailer hit an overpass, creating dangerous whiteout conditions. there it is again. very scary for a few seconds there. thankfully, though, no one was injured. a los angeles is trying to clear up a big problem in her life. too much shopping. she says that she's taking a stand in an extreme way. our los angeles station ktvs spoke with her. >> i decided that it would be, you know -- i just realize now that it's just -- it really is not what i thought it was.
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>> reporter: an adorable daughter, a gem of a husband. >> he's an amazing person. >> reporter: a dream home in west l.a., and whatever elizabeth felt she didn't have. >> there was always an opportunity to buy something. >> reporter: she bought it. >> it was really, i think, just the thrill of acquisition for me. >> reporter: and got it. >> trip to the mall. >> reporter: maxing out her urge to splurge. >> just run to target to pick up one thing, and it would end up, you know, my cart would end up with 20 things instead of one. >> reporter: last september, sometime between her daily desired dose and her 30th birthday, lu realized while she was lightening the load on her wallet, heavy spending was weighing her down. >> i started collecting shoes and i actually had to move it out of my closet, because it was taking up too much space. as you can tell by the bottoms, i have never worn them. >> reporter: she stepped in to a new lifestyle by stopping shopping for one year. everything from starbucks to stilettos, off limits. only the essentials.
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>> i just wanted to do this to prove to myself that there's so many other things to do. >> reporter: to help fight trendy temptations, she blogged on flourish and progress.com, a chronicle of the year outside the mall. you can only imagine how difficult the holidays were. >> tv commercials, and catalog distribution, and e-mails. >> reporter: but just four months in, lu is sold on the experiment, especially after a recent mall-less trip to northern california. >> i fell in love with the city that i have visited many times but never bothered to appreciate, because i was always inside. >> reporter: lu isn't saying she won't ever shop again. but she hopes in moderation. she says when she was shopping, she was discounting herself from what she loved the most. lu has now bought in to the idea that her happiness doesn't have to be purchased. >> whatever it is that's keeping you from doing what you really want to do, or becoming what you really want to become, that -- that should be your project.
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>> reporter: from west l.a., cbs news 2 news. and coming up a little bit later on "the early show," more on the cold snap plunging much of the country into subzero temperatures and a look at when relief will finally arrive. also if you're ordering flowers for valentine's day, tips on getting the best bang for your buck. and an exclusive interview with ted williams. the homeless man with the golden voice. his first since he left rehab last month. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching, everybody. i'm betty nguyen. y nguyen. ,,,,
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a great change is at hand and our task is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. those who look only to the past or the present, are certain to miss the future. do not pray for easy lives. pray to be stronger men. ask not what your country can do for you. ask what you can do for your country.

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